We’ve all heard stories about professional chefs and cookbook writers cooking up a storm in cramped quarters with just the basics—a range, a refrigerator, maybe a dishwasher—all within arm’s reach. Now a slew of appliances stand ready to take on the task. Here are our top picks for the small but mighty kitchen.
Ranges and Ovens
Good options for small kitchens on the dishwashing front include 18-inch-wide dishwashers and dishwasher drawers. And also take a look at our favorite countertop dish drainers.
The standard refrigerator-freezer has a 36-inch waistline. For smaller kitchens, consider apartment-size or counter-depth fridges that are a mere 24-inches wide (but fat with features). Two other options, the dorm-style mini-fridge and refrigerator drawer, are extreme space savers, though they offer substantially less storage space.
Get more small-space ideas and inspiration:
- 6 Countertop Smart Ovens That Will Change the Way You Cook
- 10 Easy Pieces: Kitchen Countertop Appliances, Small-Space Living Edition
- 10 Easy Pieces: Best Skinny Refrigerators
This post is an update; the original ran on September 15, 2010, as part of our Going Green issue.
Finally, get more ideas on how to evaluate and choose your kitchen range or oven in our Remodeling 101 Guide: Kitchen Ranges & Ovens.